When we had the idea to do a fantasy movie in 1991 we asked ourselves: can we do it? How can we build a fantasy world that won't look ridiculous?
Production still from Darkness & Light, 1991
The first approach was to use lighting to create a more dramatic view, the second to use believable costumes. Here we see the principal actor in a first costume and camera test. the funny thing is, that there is no costume.
He has the sword, a piece of 20 cm *20 cm of chainmail (took me 10 hours to craft it by hand). The leather tunic is the back of a common leather jacket with arms removed.
Shot from Darkness & Light, 1992
Well, this is what his costume looked like in the movie...